AFIO Weekly Intelligence Notes #08-19 dated 26 February 2019

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CONTENTS

Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

Section III - COMMENTARY

Section IV - Research Request, Jobs, Obituaries

Research Request

Jobs

Obituaries

Section V - Events

Upcoming AFIO Events

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The Humanity of Espionage - A Symposium
at The Catholic University of America

28 February 2019, 6 - 8pm - Washington, DC

All AFIO Members and guests are invited to attend at no cost.

Full announcement in our events listings here.


NCMF 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program Featuring Mr. C. Eric Estberg on Berlin Daze

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD

PDF of full program and agenda here

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program features C. Eric "Rick" Estberg, author of the book Berlin Daze. Following his presentation, a book signing and lunch will take place from 1145 to 1300. Books will be available for purchase for $20. Learn more about Mr. Estberg, his presentation, and his book below.

Berlin Daze recounts dozens of Estberg's adventures and unique experiences over a seven-year period in walled West Berlin, as an Army NCO and an NSA civilian. As a "Cold Warrior" he served literally on the front lines, separated by only a few miles from hundreds of thousands of Soviet and East German soldiers. Unlike others who spent much of a career in those days simply training for some possible future crisis, Rick actually lived his real-world mission, day-in and day-out, along with hundreds of others of talented, dedicated military and civilian intelligence specialists.

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Or you may mail-in your registration fee by check to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. Include names of self and your guests. For more details, please call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436. ***Deadline for registration is 25 March 2019.*****

Event Location: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755. Google map link here.

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New and Forthcoming Books of the Week

Freedom's Detective: The Secret Service, the Ku Klux Klan and the Man Who Masterminded America's First War on Terror
by Charles Lane
(Hanover Square Press, Apr 2019)

The story of the Reconstruction-era US Secret Service and their battle against the Ku Klux Klan, through the career of its controversial chief, Hiram C. Whitley.

In the years following the Civil War, a new battle began. Newly freed African American men had gained their voting rights and would soon have a chance to transform Southern politics. Former Confederates and other white supremacists, realizing the threat to their status, mobilized to stop them. Thus, the KKK was born.

After the first political assassination carried out by the Klan, Washington power brokers looked for help in breaking the growing movement. They found it in Hiram C. Whitley. He became head of the Secret Service, which had previously focused on catching counterfeiters and was at the time the government's only intelligence organization. Whitley and his agents led the covert war against the nascent KKK and were the first to use undercover work in mass crime—what we now call terrorism—investigations.

Like many spymasters before and since, Whitley also had a dark side. His penchant for skulduggery and dirty tricks ultimately led to his involvement in a conspiracy that would bring an end to his career and transform the Secret Service.

Populated by intriguing historical characters—from President Grant to brave Southerners, both black and white, who stood up to the Klan—and told in a brisk narrative style, Freedom's Detective reveals the story of this complex hero and his central role in this long-lost chapter of American history.

Book may be ordered here.


How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11
by Janet Napolitano
(PublicAffairs, Mar 2019)

The author, now president of the University of California, was governor of Arizona when she was tapped by Barack Obama to take over the management of the third largest U.S. government agency, with a budget only exceeded by the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She was the third director of a department cobbled together out of 22 different federal agencies in the aftermath of 9/11. While the author takes a few jabs at Donald Trump—notably, for his failure to recognize that our border with Mexico is "not a Tupperware container but rather a living, breathing membrane, a region where family members live and work on both sides"—for the most part she steers clear of partisan politics. Instead, she sticks to a measured, thoughtful analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the department and an account of the changes that have been made since its inception. Along the way, she includes a short version of her biography and the challenges she faced in a new position that began with "a mountain of briefing documents" topped with "a half-inch-thick single-spaced glossary of government acronyms." Among the successes of the department, Napolitano counts, perhaps to some readers' surprise, the effectiveness of the TSA. Among its shortcomings, she emphasizes the difficulty an often unwieldy bureaucracy faces when trying to recognize new threats, particularly those based on new technology "It is impossible to overstate the urgency of improving our country's cybersecurity," she writes. "After climate change, there is no greater threat to the homeland."
A cleareyed, rational examination of a government office that plays a key and often misunderstood role in the lives of all Americans. —Kirkus

Book may also be ordered here.


FICTION

The Man Who Was Never There
by William Wheatley
(Kindle, Jan 2019)

FICTION - by a current member.

By age 11, Arthur Cornwallis Harris III knows what he wants to be when he grew up: James Bond, his hero, was both a spy and a naval officer.
At college and in the Navy ROTC, he begins an affair with a "kissing cousin," but work as an intelligence officer complicates his love life, because he must keep secrets. His romance has its dangers and his dangers have their own romance. Flying an F-4 Phantom jet in a dogfight over Cambodia, Arthur Cornwallis Harris III asks himself how a good, Catholic boy from Baptist southern Alabama wound up in such danger. His Boy Scout wilderness survival skills save his life after he is shot down in Cambodia, enabling him to fight, survive and escape through the jungle; but he is always the man who was never there.

Book may be ordered here.




Section I - INTELLIGENCE HIGHLIGHTS

Key Criminal Revelations From Former Venezuela Intelligence Chief.  The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence service has revealed some key details that confirm longstanding links between several officials in the regime of President Nicolás Maduro with organized crime and terrorist groups.

Speaking to The New York Times in a February 21 interview shortly after he endorsed Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, General Hugo Carvajal Barrios, alias "El Pollo," provided the most important revelations by a former Maduro official to date.

Carvajal, who is under investigation in the United States for drug trafficking links, is distancing himself from Maduro just as the Venezuelan government is undergoing one of its toughest challenges.  [Read more:  InSightCrime/25February2019]

IC Sharing an Ever-Growing Portfolio of Cyber Threat Data.  Ever since the launch of comprehensive data sharing more than a decade ago, the Intelligence Community has continuously updated its techniques and technologies for disseminating cyber threat intelligence. This can be for both virtual and physical dangers to agency networks and infrastructure.

La'Naia Jones, deputy chief information officer of the Intelligence Community, said the intel originates from multiple places, such as an agency within the community or one of its centers. She said the Security Coordination Center is a cross-cutting agency which serves the entire IC, propagating out threat intelligence and malware instances so that the community is better positioned to respond.

It is more of an operational center than a research-type agency, she explained. [Read more:  Brust/FederalNewsNetwork/19February2019]

President Faure Assents to the Seychelles Intelligence Service Act 2018.  The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Mr Danny Faure, assented to the Seychelles Intelligence Service Act 2018 during a ceremony held at State House yesterday.

The Seychelles Intelligence Service Bill was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers on 20 June 2018. The National Assembly received the Bill on 2 July 2018. The National Assembly discussed and approved the Bill on 14 December 2018.

The approved Bill was sent to the Attorney General's Office for drafting of the White copies on 14 January this year. The Final White copies were sent to the Office of the President on 14 February for assent.

The Seychelles Intelligence Service Act provides for the establishment of the Seychelles Intelligence Service that will coordinate and regulate intelligence and preserve the security of Seychelles. [Read more:  StateHouse/22February2019]

UK's MI6 Chief Secretly Visited Israel to Discuss Iran Nuclear Activity.  The head of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) reportedly visited Israel in secret this week to meet with his Israeli counterparts regarding possible Iranian breach of the 2015 nuclear deal through development of nuclear weapons.

Israel's Channel 13 news reported on Friday night that MI16's chief touched down in Israel on Monday.

He reportedly met with Mossad head Yossi Cohen as well as high ranking officials from other Israeli intelligence services.

According to the report, Israeli intelligence assesses Tehran is "making preparations" and "getting ready" for nuclear capabilities within the bounds of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA or Iran nuclear deal), but has purposefully avoided an official decision on furthering the process toward producing an actual bomb. [Read more:  AFP/23February2019]

Democratic Senators Want Intelligence Community to Submit Report on Khashoggi's Murder.  A group of Democratic senators on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require the leader of the intelligence community to submit an unclassified report on the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The report must include "identification of those who carried out, participated in, ordered, or were otherwise complicit in or responsible for the death of Jamal Khashoggi," according to the bill.

The bill, introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden of Oregon, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico, Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Kamala Harris of California, would require the director of national intelligence, currently Dan Coats, to submit the report no later than 30 days after its enactment.

Khashoggi, who worked for The Washington Post, was murdered in October 2018 in the Saudi embassy in Turkey.  [Read more:  CNN/26February2019]


Section II - CONTEXT & PRECEDENCE

CIA Fact-Checks Black Panther and 'Wakandan Technology' During Oscars Ceremony.  One of the many viewers of Sunday's Oscars was the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) - which spent the night live-tweeting about Black Panther.

As the superhero film took home three awards, the CIA dedicated a Twitter thread to exploring the technology depicted in the film - and how fictional aspects of the film such as vibranium could be used in real life.

The thread was part of the agency's Reel vs Real series, which compares technology seen on film to technology "available to real-world intelligence officers today," and began by asking the agency's followers if they knew what vibranium was.

According to the CIA's poll, most of the agency's more than 2m followers knew that the metal that drive's Wakanda is "total fiction". [Read more:  Ritschel/Independent/25 February2019]

Operation BLÍN - One of the STB's Greatest Intelligence Heists.  It was late January 1967 when a file appeared on the table of Interior Minister Josef Kudrna. On top was a message with “TOP SECRET” stamped in red letters. It stated simply:

"Comrade Minister, attached you will find documents evaluating Operation BLÍN, by III. Section of state security."

What he came across once he opened the files was an intelligence jackpot, a daring operation that had infiltrated the NATO information sharing system in Czechoslovakia, without the latter even being aware of it.

But before we look at the contents of this mysterious report we need to first understand why it was so important to the Czechoslovak intelligence service.  [Read more:  McEnchroe/RadioPraha/22February2019]

France's New Offensive Cyber Doctrine.  Since its November 2018 announcement of the Paris Call, a code of conduct for cyber space, France has turned to the offensive. On Jan. 18, French armed forces minister Florence Parly unveiled the country's first doctrine for offensive cyber operations. This announcement is the latest in a series of deep and fast-paced measures aimed at organizing and clarifying the defense of French interests in cyberspace.

The Strategic Review for Defense and National Security, released in 2017, recognized digital sovereignty and cybersecurity as top priorities. Immediately afterward, a Cyber Defense Command was established to coordinate cyber defense within the armed forces, with the exception of the foreign intelligence agency, DGSE, which retained some level of autonomy. In parallel, the foreign affairs ministry unveiled France's International Digital Strategy, from which emerged the Paris Call, which I summarized and analyzed on Lawfare last year.

The Military Programming Law for 2019-2025, enacted in the summer of 2018, reinforces the armed forces ministry's efforts by dedicating an additional 1.6 billion euros for cyber operations along with 1,500 additional personnel for a total of 4,000 cyber combatants by 2025. In February 2018, the country's first National Strategy for Cyber Defense clarified both the organization and integration of cyber operations among all government entities as well as the legal framework surrounding their use.  [Read more:  Laudrain/Lawfare/26February2019]

CIA Lies Low, Waiting for Trump Storm to Pass. For most of his presidency, Donald Trump has waged a war on members of his own intelligence community, openly scorning their assessments and now reportedly weighing whether to fire Dan Coats as director of national intelligence for publicly opposing his views.

But current CIA Director Gina Haspel, despite her own quiet repudiation of the president's rhetoric, appears to be safe in her post. And that may be in part because the agency and most of its former senior officials have avoided public criticism of Trump for fear of incurring his wrath and jeopardizing Haspel's job as well as the institution, according to former agency officials. Indeed, the CIA is one of the few major government departments that has not been subjected to a Trump political appointee at its senior levels.

Many career intelligence professionals are privately shocked and appalled by Trump's behavior, in particular his tendency to credit the statements of bad actors such as Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the assessments of the CIA. But with a few exceptions such as former CIA Director John Brennan, most of these career officials have remained silent, knowing that Trump typically focuses his ire on public agencies he considers disloyal. [Read more:  Hirsh/ForeignPolicy/21February2019]


Section III - COMMENTARY

Lithuania Adds China to List of Foreign Intelligence Threats.  Two weeks ago (February 5, 2019), the Lithuanian intelligence community released its annual "National Threat Assessment" (Kam.lt, February 5). As in the past, this report asserts that the greatest intelligence threats to Vilnius come from Russia and Belarus. But for the first time, it adds China to the list. That inclusion seems to reflect the heightened sensitivity throughout the West to Chinese intelligence operations against members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and other Western countries. Indeed, well-documented cases have been multiplying of Beijing using its expanded economic presence in these countries to collect intelligence and promote the spread of Chinese "soft power."

According to Gediminas Grina, the former head of the Lithuanian State Security Department, Vilnius has long been watching Beijing but has become increasingly concerned because of mounting Chinese efforts to invest in key strategic projects in Lithuania. "There is nothing much new in this year's intelligence report on national threats," he says, "besides the fact that China is mentioned." Naturally, that has attracted widespread attention in Lithuania and Europe and sparked denials by Chinese officials that Beijing is doing anything of the kind.

The unclassified version of the report provides few details; but Lithuanian officials have suggested that the classified edition offers a great deal of evidence to support the conclusion of the State Security Department and the Ministry of Defense's Second Investigation Department that Chinese intelligence is, in fact, becoming a threat to Lithuania. [Read more:  Goble/EurasiaDailyMonitor/19February2019]

The Real Danger of China's National Intelligence Law.  Not enough can be said about the insidious and pervasive power of China's National Intelligence Law, which came into effect in July 2017.

This may be one of the reasons that Communist Party legal authorities are attempting to defend the law in the international media. Dr. Gu Bin, of the Beijing Foreign Studies University, writes in his opinion piece in the Financial Times that "Western fears of party influence on Chinese companies are overblown."

Gu attempts to reassure the world that China's National Intelligence Law, "in particular Article 7," is "often misunderstood." But amid rising concerns about the long and deep reach of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) into Chinese telecommunications and other Chinese-owned and operated companies around the world, Gu may have inadvertently encouraged readers to arrive at exactly the opposite conclusion.  [Read more:  Girard/TheDiplomat/23February2019]

Putin's One Weapon: The 'Intelligence State'.  According to this year's National Intelligence Worldwide Threat Assessment and Senate testimony by top-ranked intelligence officials, Americans can expect Vladimir Putin's Russia to continue its efforts to aggravate social, political and racial tensions in the United States and among its allies.

So, to best prepare for future Russian assaults, we should look to the past and study the mind-set of the Cold War K.G.B. - the intelligence service in which President Putin spent his formative years. The history of the brutal Soviet security services lays bare the roots of Russia's current use of political arrests, subversion, disinformation, assassination, espionage and the weaponization of lies. None of those tactics is new to the Kremlin.

In fact, those tactics made Soviet Russia the world's first "intelligence state," and they also distinguished it from authoritarian states run by militaries. Today's Russia has become even more of an intelligence state after Mr. Putin's almost 20-year tenure as its strongman. In the U.S.S.R., the party ruled. It was only after the rise in the 1980s of Yuri Andropov - Mr. Putin's role model and mentor - that the K.G.B. became the state's most important institution. Then, a decade after the Soviet Union fell, Mr. Putin rose to power and recruited many of his former K.G.B. colleagues to help rebuild the state. The result is a regime with the policies and philosophy of a supercharged secret police service, a regime that relies on intelligence operations to deal with foreign policy challenges and maintain control at home.  [Read more:  Sipher/NYTimes/24February2019]

Good Decisions Require Good Intelligence.  I've served as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee for the last six years, and over that time I've reached two vital conclusions. First: we live in a complex world, filled with a wide range of threats to America's national security. And second: in order to make good decisions on how best to react to these threats, we need good intelligence on the scope and magnitude of the challenges we face.

Fortunately, we have an intelligence community filled with patriotic, dedicated, and hardworking Americans. They are not infallible, but they represent the information and insights gleaned through intense work and investigation around the world - and their commitment is second to none. Their work is worthy of our serious consideration, and that's exactly what the Senate Intelligence Committee did during a recent hearing, when the nation's top intelligence officials came before our committee to assess the threats we are facing. Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, put it best at the beginning of the hearing, when he said that the mission of the intelligence community was to "seek the truth, and speak the truth."   [Read more:  King/FiddleheadFocus/24February2019]

As the last WWII spies die off, a private eye hopes to build a museum to keep their legacy alive. "I'm head of a very dangerous group of senior citizens," says OSS Society president Charles Pinck, slouched across from me at a table in Le Pain Quotidien's Georgetown outpost. The 54-year-old is dressed in khakis and a plaid shirt, and perched atop his tousled silver-blond hair is a black cap emblazoned with the initials of the organization his life revolves around. That would be the Office of Strategic Services, the spy agency founded by Gen. William "Wild Bill" Donovan during World War II. OSS, which at its peak in 1944 employed 13,000 men and women who carried out unprecedented acts of espionage and sabotage against the Axis powers, was the forerunner of today's CIA. It's estimated that fewer than 100 of these original operatives are still alive, and Pinck, a private investigator by day, devotes more hours than he's willing to quantify to ensuring that they are remembered. His latest undertaking? Raising $93 million to erect the National Museum of Intelligence and Special Operations. The 56,000-square-foot institution he plans to open by 2021 will honor the OSS legacy while also highlighting the ongoing importance of intelligence-gathering and special operations. As we chat, Pinck rattles off OSS trivia that may be of interest to me, the journalist granddaughter of an OSS pilot: Of the personnel in the service's 11 branches, one-third were women. Recruits came from college campuses, Wall Street, professional sports teams and the military. The Research and Analysis Branch worked out of Washington's Navy Hill and New York, breaking enemy code, psychoanalyzing Hitler and mapping invasion trajectories for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From secret training facilities at Camp David, the multilingual commandos of the Special Operations Branch learned to spy, subvert and kill. Mostly lacking experience in diplomacy or government, they were known as Donovan's "Glorious Amateurs" and "PhDs who can win a bar fight" (phrases that Pinck has trademarked). [Read more: Sanders/WashPost/19February2019]


Section IV - Research Request, Jobs, Obituaries

Research Request

Do You Have Views or Pet Peeves On Crafting Better Spy Thrillers or Espionage-Themed Movies?

I'm putting together Spycraft for Thriller Writers: How to Write Spy Novels and Movies Accurately and Not Be Laughed at by Real-Life Spies
What are your pet peeves about how we are portrayed in spy-fi?  What are the glaring errors you consistently see?  What oddities of language do we use that get garbled?  What else should I include in such a book?
Thanks in advance for your counsel. Replies to: Ed Mickolus at edmickolus@hotmail.com

CFP - The Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) issued a Call for Papers for the August 2019 conference. Paper proposal deadline is 15 April 2019.

On 19 - 21 August 2019 in Sydney, Australia, the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) holds their National Conference. The AIPIO has issued a Call for Papers for this 2019 National Conference. The conference theme is "An Emerging Intelligence Enterprise" in Australia with a focus on capability planning, workforce/organizational development and analytic rigor. Proposals (300 word abstracts) are due by April 15, 2019 with a decision date of April 29, 2019. Papers will be due June 15, 2019 and with author approval will be published following the conference in a special issue of the AIPIO Journal.
CFP and conference details can be found here.

Jobs

Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies - Tenure Track - at Coastal Carolina University

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Intelligence and National Security Studies beginning August 2019. Preference will be given to applicants with specializations related to intelligence communication and research, with particular interests in intelligence writing and briefing skills, open source intelligence collection and intelligence-policymaker relations. The ability to offer courses in other areas such as research methods, international negotiations, security studies, homeland security, emergency management, or counter-narcotics would also be of interest. Prior professional work experience in the field of intelligence is welcome, but not required.

Candidates are required to have a Ph.D. in Political Science or other relevant field by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the field, as well as support the continued growth and development of the Intelligence and National Security Studies program. Prior experience with distance learning would be beneficial.

Direct Link: http://jobs.coastal.edu/hr/postings/6675

POC: Jonathan Smith, Search Committee Chair (jonsmith@coastal.edu)

FireEye Jobs Available are as follows:

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Obituaries

Maury Gralnek, Department of State Official, former AZ Chapter President

Maurice Noah Gralnek, 82, former FSO Department of State, and AFIO Arizona Chapter President, died 24 February 2019 in Scottsdale, AZ.
Maury was in U.S. Army military intelligence, serving in Southeast Asia, and was part of the Phoenix Program. He then became a Foreign Service Office with the U.S. Department of State for several decades. He retired from the State Department and served in multiple security assignments around the world along with his wife and life partner, Wendy.
He was a long time member of AFIO AZ where he served as Chapter President in 2014 and served on the Chapter Board of Directors for the last 10 years. He also chaired the Scholarship Committee and reviewed applicants for the last 8 years.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Wendy, a daughter, a son, and other family.
A Celebration of Life will be held Wednesday, 27 February 2019 at Temple Chai, 4645 E Marilyn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032.

Pete ("Pat") Hart

Peter Russell Patrick Hart, 68, died New Year's Eve in New Britain, CT after a two year battle with cancer.
Baptized in Paris and raised near Walnut Hill Park, Peter was educated at Gunnery Prep, and went on to attend college at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, PA.
Ever the prankster, legend has it that he kept a duck in his dorm room. During his life, Peter spent many joyful summers on Martha's Vineyard at the Hart Family "Shack" in Chilmark, which was always full and buzzing with friends and loved ones. Many will remember him as the life of the party and the consummate host.
Peter was an unabashed New Britain townie who returned home after college. He worked for Fafnir Bearing Company, Shuttle Meadow Country Club, and New Britain Public Works. He spent the majority of his career with the New Britain Water Dept. and retired in 2011.
He is remembered as a voracious reader, a writer, and a jokester, as well as a great storyteller. Peter was a man of simple joys; he loved the NY Daily News, dachshund dogs and his many cats, watching 60 Minutes, and listening to college radio (the more obscure and weird the music, the better!).
Peter is survived by his devoted wife Andrea June (née Mosey) Hart, two children, and other family. .

Jim Nicholson, CI military officer, obituary writer

Jim Nicholson, 76, a Counterintelligence Military Officer, Obituary Writer, died of heart failure 22 February 2019 in Camden, NJ.
Nicholson became a reservist in the Marine Corps, and then obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Southern Mississippi.
Nicholson tried on careers like disguises, with a resumé that included dock worker, car salesman, private detective, and police intelligence analyst. His newspaper career, too, featured stints with a number of outlets, including the Wilmington News-Journal, the Courier-Post and the Inquirer.
Journalism proved to be a fine use of Mr. Nicholson's innate ability to put people at ease and convince them to cough up information.
Mr. Nicholson began working at the Daily News in 1978. In a newsroom filled with eccentric characters, he still managed to stand out, perpetually dressed, as he was, in dark suits with skinny ties and a face that could be described as a poor man's Clark Gable.
He had a falling out with the paper's editor, and was asked if he would consider writing obituaries. To everyone's surprise, he agreed. And excelled at it. He treated everyday Philadelphians' obituaries with the sort of care that was normally reserved for celebrities and heads of state.
Nicholson joined New Jersey's National Guard in 1982, and later transferred to the Army Reserve, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. It was about that time that he began leaving the Daily News for overseas military missions that he rarely discussed.
Nicholson was sent on nearly a half-dozen missions to Panama in the late 1980s and early '90s, and was intimately involved in the 1989 U.S. invasion that overthrew Gen. Manuel Noriega.
In 1992, Mr. Nicholson was working on a counter-operation in Panama regarding drugs when he met Army Lt. Col. Harris Arlinsky. A number of high-ranking military officials were involved in the operation, but Arlinsky was stunned to find that they were taking orders from Mr. Nicholson, who was below them on the chain of command.
"He was not the senior man, but he was the man in charge," explained Arlinsky, now retired. "It's close to impossible to have something like that happen. Usually somebody's going to say, 'Don't tell me what to do, I outrank you.' But Jim just had a presence in the way that he conducted himself."
Other intelligence missions centered on Colombia, Venezuela and the U.S. Border Patrol. Somewhere along the way, Mr. Nicholson struck up a correspondence with Petraeus, and the two men became friendly.
"Jim Nicholson was a very thoughtful adviser and one of those who always sought to 'speak truth to power,' as the saying goes," Petraeus wrote in an email on Sunday. "He was one who repeatedly provided forthright and thoroughly researched assessments, and I valued his input very highly."
Retired Navy Capt. Bill Battle, a longtime friend of Mr. Nicholson's, was serving in the Iraq War when he discovered that Mr. Nicholson was still in contact with Petraeus. The general soon extended an offer: Would Mr. Nicholson consider coming out of retirement, at age 66? He couldn't say no.
Within a few months, he was virtually running an intelligence department in Baghdad. "The guy was just a ruthless worker," Battle said. "Even those of us who felt like we had a strong work ethic almost felt inadequate around him."
In 2012, Mr. Nicholson published a 783-page memoir on military analysis, Because No One Else Can: Inside the Military Intelligence Secret Sausage Factory.
The title came from a Batman movie in which, after dispatching several thugs, the caped crusader is asked by a little girl, "Why do you do this?"
"Because no one else can," Batman replies.
In the book, Mr. Nicholson examined how smarts, focus, and determination drive the best intelligence agents, influencing the way they build facts into deductions, and how those conclusions help shape United States policy.
"One of the greatest rewards an analyst can have is to know that he or she played a major role in actually directing an investigation, operation, mission or policy," he wrote. "'Did my being here make a difference?' … The analysts may never be able to answer that question. But, they do know why they do what they do. It is because no one else can."
While the globe-trotting was fascinating and his writing was celebrated, neither defined Mr. Nicholson. To his family, he was a Sunday school teacher, a painter, and a kind and patient father to three boys: Jim, David and Jeffrey. To them, he stressed the importance of kindness and hard work.
Nicholson had separated from his wife, Betty Jo Williams Pratt, years ago. But when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in the late 1990s, he moved in with her and became her constant caregiver until she died in 2011.
"He never complained. It was not a burden for him," Jim said. "When he looked back on it, he told me taking care of her was the best job he ever had."
Mr. Nicholson was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize six times, and wrote two self-published textbooks on military intelligence. He received an added dose of recognition when author Marilyn Johnson highlighted his obituary writing in her 2006 book, The Dead Beat: Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs, and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries.
Survivors include three sons, and other family.
When asked how he felt focusing on obituaries about "nobodies" e.g., the garbage collectors, steamfitters, print production clerks, he responded: "Who would you miss more when he goes on vacation," he often said as a rejoinder, "the secretary of state or your garbage man?"
[Read more at: Bernstein/WashPost/23Feb2019]

Dan Pinck, OSS Officer, author

Danial Channing Pinck, 94, an OSS Officer and author, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease 10 February 2019 in Belmont, MA.
A graduate of Sidwell Friends School, the Quaker school in Washington, he was in his freshman year at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA when he joined the Army—delighted when orders arrived the day of a math test for which he was unprepared. He much preferred to fight the Axis powers than calculate the axis of a surface.
After being trained in meteorology and communications, he was shipped to India and assigned to a military police unit tasked with dragging Americans out of brothels. Tired of regulations and routine, he volunteered for the OSS.
He carried with him an array of supplies, including $1 million in cash to pay his Nationalist army assistants and boxes of condoms that he was told would also curry favor with the Nationalist officers. He dispensed the money through poker games, racking up intentional losses that allowed the Nationalists to save face while winning the money they needed for arms and food.
"I ran my own war and did what I wanted to do," he told The Washington Post years later.
He spent 18 months in China in a village in southeast China (Hotien) to report intelligence about enemy troop movements, weather patterns, and possible bombing targets along the Japanese-held coastline 19 miles away. He then returned home to complete his degree in 1946.
Over the decades, Mr. Pinck wrote about Chinese-American relations for publications including the New Republic, the American Scholar and Encounter. The Naval Institute Press in Annapolis printed his memoir, 52 years after he had written it: "Journey to Peking [2003]."
Postwar, he worked for writer A.J. Liebling at the New Yorker magazine, held administrative and research jobs at Boston-area universities, and did consulting work in marketing and education.
He is survived by a son, Charles Pinck, president of the OSS Society, a group preserving the spy agency's legacy, another son, and two daughters.



AFIO EDUCATIONAL EVENTS IN COMING TWO MONTHS....

Thursday, 14 March 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Scottsdale, AZ - AFIO AZ Chapter hosts Dr Gary Marchant discussing "Artificial Intelligence - Current Applications and Concern."

Artificial intelligence (AI) has recently had a resurgence in attention and applications due to recent innovations in machine learning and deep learning. This presentation will describe the recent advances in AI and why they are important, and will describe some current applications of AI across various industry and social sectors. It will also describe some of the concerns about Ai in terms of potential bias, safety, technological unemployment, national security and international competiveness.
Professor Marchant's research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. Professor Marchant has served on two National Research Council committees, has been the principal investigator on several major grants, and has organized numerous academic conferences on law and science issues.

TO ATTEND: RSVP no later than 72 hours ahead of time. And if you have to cancel or find you cannot attend, the chapter is charged for no-shows. A charge can be avoid if we receive word of your cancellation more than 72 hours before day of event.
BADGES: many have a permanent, regular badge. If you do not, email Simone at simone@afioaz.org with the information you would like on your badge (Full Name and Past Career Title/Affiliated Organization ~ should you wish). The cost with a magnetic strip is $8.
For reservations or questions, email Simone at either of these: simone@4smartphone.net, or simone@afioaz.org; or call and leave a message on 602.570.6016.
REMEMBER: If you are bringing a guest, send the full name.
Location: Best Western Thunderbird Suites, 7515 E Butherus Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
Luncheon fee: $18 pp
RSVP - to simone@afioaz.org.

Thursday, 21 March 2019, 11:30 AM - Colorado Springs - The AFIO Rocky Mountain Chapter hosts Steve Maffeo, discussing "Intelligence in the Nelson Era."

In today's world of satellites and electronic eavesdropping, it's hard to appreciate the difficulties in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating secret intelligence two centuries ago. This presentation, based upon the speaker's first book Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson, gives a close look at the methods used to obtain and analyze secret material and deliver it to operational forces during the Great Age of Fighting Sail. The British experience from 1793 to 1815 is the main focus, but it also includes French and American activity. In addition, it examines how commanders used the information to develop strategy and tactics and win—or sometimes lose—battles. And, it informs on how Vice Admiral Lord Nelson and his associates dealt with intelligence obstacles and how the outcomes affected their own futures and, in some cases, the history of the modern world.

Steve Maffeo retired in 2008 as a Navy captain – after 30 years (both enlisted and commissioned) in the Colorado Army National Guard, the U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Naval Reserve. His last three assignments were as the commanding officer of reserve shore-based units supporting the Office of Naval Intelligence, the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, and the National Defense Intelligence College. Steve then retired in 2015 as the Associate Library Director at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He holds a B.A. (English) from the University of Colorado; an M.A. (Library Science) from the University of Denver; and an M.S. (Strategic Intelligence) from the U.S. National Defense Intelligence College. His civilian career was for the most part as a library administrator. He's worked at Martin-Marietta Aerospace, the University of Northern Colorado; the U.S. Naval War College; and the Aurora (Colo.) Public Library.
Steve has published several journal and encyclopedia articles as well as four books: Most Secret and Confidential: Intelligence in the Age of Nelson; Seize, Burn, or Sink: The Thoughts and Words of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson; The Perfect Wreck: "Old Ironsides" and HMS Java—A Story of 1812; and U.S. Navy Codebreakers, Linguists, and Intelligence Officers against Japan: 1910-1941.

For more information and to reserve a seat, please contact Steve at steve13507@gmail.com.

Monday, 13 May 2019, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro hosts Jeff McCausland, University Professor and CBS National Security Consultant

Dr. Jeff McCausland, a visiting professor of International Security Studies at Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) serves as a national security consultant for CBS radio and television. He routinely does analysis for CBS on issues such as Iraq, European security, arms control, or related questions of national security policy. He is currently involved in a project for the National Nuclear Security Administration focused on nuclear weapons in South Asia and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Dr. McCausland is also the founder and CEO of Diamond6 Leadership and Strategy, LLC.

Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm. Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.

Wednesday 18 September 2018, 5:30 p.m. - New York, NY - AFIO NY Metro Chapter hosts Larry Loftis, on SOE Hero, Odette Sansom, in his book Code Name: Lise

Larry Loftis is the author of Code Name: Lise—The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy, the story of Odette Sansom (1912-1995), a Frenchwoman living in England, wife of an Englishman and mother of 3 daughters, who was recruited into Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) to conduct espionage in France during WW II with her commander, and yet-to-be second husband, Peter Churchill. Leaving her daughters in a convent school and with relatives, she joined the rigorous training program, becoming proficient with a wide range of weapons, learning the fine points of spycraft, and perfecting her new identity with the code name Lise. In France she proved herself fearless. Hunted by the Germans, in 1943, Odette and Peter were captured, imprisoned, and tortured. Loftis describes Odette's ordeal in grisly detail. Two lies saved her: She pretended that she and Peter were married (they would be after the war) and that Peter was related to Winston Churchill. In defeat, the Gestapo hoped to use her as a bargaining chip.

Location: Society of Illustrators, 128 E 63rd St (between Park and Lexington), New York, NY 10065.
Timing: Registration starts at 5:30 pm, Speaker presentation starts at 6 pm. Fee: $50/person. Payment at the door only. Cash or check. Full dinner, cash bar.
RSVP: Strongly recommended that you RSVP to ensure space at event. Call or Email Chapter President Jerry Goodwin at afiometro@gmail.com or 646-717-3776.



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28 February 2019, 6 - 8pm - Washington, DC - "THE HUMANITY OF ESPIONAGE" is the theme of this symposium at The Catholic University of America

All AFIO Members and guests are invited to attend at no cost.

The Intelligence Studies Program of The Catholic University of America and the Institute for Human Ecology are cosponsoring a symposium entitled "The Humanity of Espionage."

Espionage is the collection of national security intelligence through human means. One person, the spy–typically a foreign national with access to information–passes it to another person, called a handler or case officer. At the heart of this activity is the relationship between the spy and his handler. This panel of former CIA case officers will explore the nature of that relationship through exploration of a variety of questions:

What does it mean to persuade another human being to break the trust he has with his own country and work for the benefit of the United States?
What obligations does the U.S. government have in such situations?
What is the personal connection between spy and case officer–is it totally cynical, or is there an authentic relationship?
How do we mitigate the risk to human dignity in the conduct of this intelligence activity?

Join moderator Nicholas Dujmovic (assistant professor and director of the University's Intelligence Studies and 26-year veteran of CIA, having served as an analyst, manager, editor of the President's Daily Brief, and CIA staff historian) and the following panelists for a great discussion:

John Bennett is a former Director of the National Clandestine Service at the Central Intelligence Agency. He retired from CIA in 2013 after 33 years as an operations officer and manager. Mr. Bennett served 18 years overseas, mostly in Africa, including four tours as a Chief of Station. He engaged in Cold War programs directed against the Soviets in Africa and managed counter-terrorism operations in East Africa and Southwest Asia. Mr. Bennett has a Bachelors Degree from Harvard and a Masters Degree from Georgetown University. Prior to joining CIA he served for five years as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Juan Cruz is a former career CIA operations and case officer. He served as chief of station in four different overseas locations and later was in charge of the Agency's Latin America division. He has experience in counterinsurgency, counterproliferation, covert action, and covert influence operations. Mr. Cruz graduated from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and has a master's degree from Johns Hopkins. He has done graduate work at the Pontificia Universidade Catolica of Rio de Janeiro. Most recently he served on the National Security Council as Special Adviser to the President and Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere. He is originally from Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

Gil Kindelan is a retired case officer with 34 years of government service in the US Army and the CIA. He served overseas for 17 years of his career in Asia, Eastern Europe during the Cold War, Western Europe and the Middle East as a case officer, deputy chief of station and chief of station. At CIA Headquarters, he served at various levels of management including chef of staff in the Counterterrorism Center. Since retiring he works part-time as a consultant. He has a masters degree in journalism and has worked as broadcast newsman and director of an educational TV news program.

Scotty Skotzko served 40 years as a CIA operations officer with eight overseas postings in the Balkans, South Asia and Africa, senior management positions in several Headquarters components, and deployments in support of U.S. military operations in Somalia, Kosovo, Iraq, Qatar and Afghanistan. His experience includes interagency intelligence collaboration, cooperation with foreign governments, and researching lessons-learned case studies of security issues. He is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the Columbia University School of International Affairs.

Full details here. For questions or accommodations, please contact ihe@cua.edu.

Location: The Catholic University of America, Heritage Hall in Father O'Connell Hall, 620 Michigan Ave NE, Washington, DC 20064 + Google Map and Directions

Wednesday, 6 March 2019, 7:30 - 8:45 pm - McLean, VA - "How to Identify Jihadi-Salafists Through Ideology, Practices, and Methodology" - presentation by Dr Habeck at the Westminster Institute

Dr. Mary Habeck, Senior Fellow, FPRI, lectures on al-Qaeda and ISIS, as well as on military strategy and history, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Georgetown University, and American University.

Her recent monograph for the Heritage Foundation is titled The U.S. Must Identify Jihadi-Salafists through Their Ideology, Practices, and Methodology-and Isolate Them. She is the author of Knowing the Enemy: Jihadist Ideology and the War on Terror (Yale, 2005) and three forthcoming sequels, Attacking America: Al-Qa'ida's Grand Strategy; Managing Savagery: Al-Qa'ida's Military and Political Strategies; and Fighting the Enemy: The U.S. and its War against al-Qa'ida.

She is also a Senior Fellow with the Foreign Policy Research Institute. From 2005-2013 she was an Associate Professor in Strategic Studies at SAIS, teaching courses on extremism, military history, and strategic thought. Before moving to SAIS, Dr. Habeck taught American and European military history in Yale's history department, 1994-2005. She received her PhD in history from Yale in 1996, an MA in international relations from Yale in 1989, and a BA in international studies, Russian, and Spanish from Ohio State in 1987.
Dr. Habeck was appointed by President Bush to the Council on the Humanities at the National Endowment for the Humanities (2006-2013), and in 2008-2009 she was the Special Advisor for Strategic Planning on the National Security Council staff.

Times: Come early to enjoy reception at 7 p.m. Program begins at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Westminster Institute, 6729 Curran St, McLean, VA 22101
Questions: Robert R. Reilly, Director, The Westminster Institute, Call 703-288-2885 or email him at br@westminster-institute.org
No fee to attend. RSVP here.

18 March 2019, noon - 2 pm - Washington, DC - "Talking to a Former Terrorist: American Al-Qaeda Bryant Neal Viñas" at the International Spy Museum

Bryant Neal Viñas, 'American Al-Qaeda' tells his story at the new, expanded International Spy Museum at their new location in L'Enfant Plaza.

In 2009, Bryant Neal Viñas, an American born in New York to a family of Catholic Hispanic immigrants, pleaded guilty on charges of conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens, and for providing material support to Al-Qaeda. The media referred to him as 'American Al-Qaeda' and reported his intriguing journey from the New York suburbs to Pakistan to attack U.S. military forces in Afghanistan. Viñas proceeded to cooperate with law enforcement and intelligence officials, in what has been described as a "treasure trove" of valuable information about the inner-workings of the Al-Qaeda network. What was the nature of Viñas's radicalization? How does a Western-born jihadist get through terrorist training in Pakistan?

Participants: Bryant Neal Viñas, Former American Al-Qaeda member; Mitchell Silber, Former Director of Intelligence Analysis, NYPD; Christopher Costa, COL, USA (Ret.), Executive Director, International Spy Museum, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counter-terrorism – National Moderator: Peter Bergen, Vice President, Global Studies & Fellows, New America

Event Location: The "Expanded" International Spy Museum, 700 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024. Directions or Map Location here.

Register Here.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019, 10 am - 1 pm - Annapolis Junction, MD - NCMF 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program Featuring Mr. C. Eric Estberg on Berlin Daze

The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation's 2019 Spring Cryptologic Program features C. Eric "Rick" Estberg, author of the book Berlin Daze. Following his presentation, a book signing and lunch will take place from 1145 to 1300. Books will be available for purchase for $20. Learn more about Mr. Estberg, his presentation, and his book below.

Berlin Daze recounts dozens of Estberg's adventures and unique experiences over a seven-year period in walled West Berlin, as an Army NCO and an NSA civilian. As a "Cold Warrior" he served literally on the front lines, separated by only a few miles from hundreds of thousands of Soviet and East German soldiers. Unlike others who spent much of a career in those days simply training for some possible future crisis, Rick actually lived his real-world mission, day-in and day-out, along with hundreds of others of talented, dedicated military and civilian intelligence specialists.

Registration: The registration fee includes lunch. It is $25 for members and guests. To register now online follow this link.

Or you may mail-in your registration fee by check to NCMF, PO Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-9998. Include names of self and your guests. For more details, please call the NCMF office at 301-688-5436. ***Deadline for registration is 25 March 2019.*****

Event Location: CACI Inc., Maryland Conference Center, 2720 Technology Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD 20755. Google map link here.

More about this event, about the author or book, is here.

Additional information or questions can be handled at NCMF Office at cryptmf@aol.com or call 301-688-5436.

16 May 2019, 6 pm - Washington, DC - "Night of Heroes Gala 2019" by the PENFED Foundation

The PENFED Foundation hosts their impressive annual "Night of Heroes Gala 2019" at the beautiful Mandarin Oriental, 330 Maryland Ave SW, Washington, DC 20024. This year marks the 15th annual gala honoring our unsung heroes ― military children. Each year, the PenFed Foundation raises more than $1.5 million for military heroes through this hallmark event. Last year's event sold out and raised $2.5 million! Do not miss your opportunity to support Military Heroes.

6 pm General Reception and Silent Auction; 7 pm Dinner Program; After Dinner - Dessert Reception. To learn more...or to register.


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